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Developer: Wii U is 'quite a beast of a machine'

Game developer VooFoo said recently that they believe the Wii U is a very powerful console and giving glowing remarks in terms of the console's horsepower.

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AKR1573d ago

For an indie game (and an indie game about chess of all things) - It looks rather impressive. The visuals are really eye-catching.

It's nice to hear one dev compliment the hardware.

chente00251573d ago

time will show that this "next-gen" of consoles has been extremely overhyped for consumerism and that wii u will perform as good as the competition!

user74029311573d ago

can wii u play planetside 2? like ps4 ? overhyped naah.

andrewer1573d ago

@DirtyPimp Nintendo have games that can't be simply compared like that. I play planetside 2 on PC yeah, but Nintendo consoles have Nintendo games, and THAT'S something totally worth it.

chente00251573d ago

@dirtypimp
can ps4 play "X"? like wii u? overhyped definitely!

thezeldadoth1573d ago

^Planetside 2 sucks, and can also play it on PC for free.

dantesparda1573d ago

You cant reason with these Nintendo fanboys, they are the most deluded fanboys of them all. To them, the WiiU is technically on par with the PS4/X1 when in reality the system is more on par with current gen

EliteGameKnight1573d ago

@Dantesparda

disillusionment is a harsh term. Though fans of Nintendo may at time overspeak for the Wii U, I see the same with Microsoft and Sony fans. In fact I see much more damage controlling from the latter two actually.

Its all the same really. fans are fans, and the pointless chauvinism that occasionally affects some of us is equal on all sides. I've seen extremely reasonable and horribly biased fans all around, it doesn't matter the system they play, just the person who plays it.

dantesparda1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

16 disagrees prove my point

and p.s. maybe i shouldnt have said "deluded" but all fanboys are a little, well you's know

RFornillos41573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

@dantesparda

"deluded", really? fact of the matter is, most people who defend Nintendo in some way are really multiplatform owners who recognize the advantage of one console over the other. most are just enjoying the games.

most do not believe that the Wii U is as powerful as the PS4/XBone, on the contrary, most recognize that PS4 and XBone are more powerful.

while there are some "wayward" fanboys who defend Nintendo with their lives, this is no different from Sony/MS fanboys who do the same. with regards to "overhype" -- what is overhyped is the idea of "console wars". the next generation will show a minimal gap among consoles. gamers who would just stick to enjoying games regardless of consoles are the true winners, and not the few individuals who believe that their preferred console is better than the other.

@dantesparda, that's what those disagrees mean.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

@chente0025
"can ps4 play "X"? like wii u? overhyped definitely!
"

actually yes in theory it would probably run better on ps4.

he was talking about performance and not what game belongs to which platform.

I don't see BF4 running on wiiU it's already 720p on ps4.

ps4 will shine in the end it's secret time bomb..
http://www.amd.com/us/produ...

512mb gddr5 > 1gb ddr3 performance by 20% - amd.

X? lol
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Now that is next gen and cdpr is amazing devs btw.

least u have 1 "next gen" rpg but will miss out on 90% of them if u only play on wiiU and most games for that matter.

Nintendo is good with handheld but consoles are better from sony and MS.

in the end only pc is beast. wiiU? lol is it even dx11? I think not.

let the disagrees begin since I said nothing true.

deafdani1573d ago

"I don't see BF4 running on wiiU it's already 720p on ps4."

Battlefield 4? You mean that a game that's coming out for PS3 and Xbox 360, can't run on Wii U?

Try again. ;)

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

@deafdani

"Battlefield 4? You mean that a game that's coming out for PS3 and Xbox 360, can't run on Wii U?

Try again. ;)"

so the next gen version and current gen version are the same.

So wiiU is a beast cuz it could run the ps3 version?

u made no point... The article is about next gen.

But u will get agrees for defending nintendo..
With a last gen example.

Try harder..

Speaking of ps3 I still see AAA exclusives coming even after ps4? lol how is ur wii again???

ibroman1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

Actually yes it can run dx11 as candle runs on it graphics whore.

AbortMission1573d ago

You get disagrees for stating the facts Lol. I'm sorry but hardware says everything in a console (plus dev/engine magic).

RFornillos41573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

@shutUpAndTakeMyMoney

look dude, the only reason BF4 is not coming to the Wii U is because EA says so. it's not because the machine can't handle it. the fact that the PS3/360 will get it shows that it can be ported to a lower spec'd machine.

the fact of the matter is DICE is dictated by their "mothership" to not port the game, nor even try making their so-called scalabale FrostBite engine work on the Wii U. heck even CryTek recognizes that Wii U is next gen, and that their next-gen engine will also work on the Wii U. the reality is that CryTek, if not for EA would love to port a game to Wii U (Crysis 3 almost made it, except EA barred it), and they even said they had it working fine and porting it was quite straightforward.

tech-wise, the Wii U is capable. but before anyone says that PS4/Xbone is more powerful, let me just state, that I agree that PS4/XBone is more powerful. what i disagree on is the implication that Wii U is not a capable machine.

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mcstorm1573d ago

Agree and I can't get enough of pikmin 3 at the moment. Tried wonderful 101 demo and going to pick it up at some point as really enjoyed it but for me out of all the new consoles the Wiiu has the best line up the end and beginning of next year.

Im getting a Xbox one on day one for forza and ki then getting Pokemon x on 3ds but the Wiiu im getting Zelda hd, sonic, dk, Mario land 3d Mario kart and super smash bros between now and march next year.

I think the Wiiu is very under rated console and once the games are out and if Nintendo can market it right it will give the Xbox one and ps4 a run for its money.

inStereo1573d ago

I hear you on Pikmin 3 - I've been playing the s**t out of it! Currently going for the platinum medals in challenge mode -- such a well-designed game.

mcstorm1573d ago

I agree I have never played a Pikmin game before but I will do from now on its been a nice change from all the FPS games ive played for the last 7 or so years. Ide love to see a 3DS version too.

falcon971573d ago

Yep same here last time i looked 90% of ps4 games are on ps3 looking more a less the same ???

JackOfAllBlades1573d ago

The Wii U is a more powerful console than current gen, PS3 and 360. So it is pretty beast, but just like last gen when the Wii was lacking in comparison to the PS3 and 360, the Wii U will be lacking in comparison to the PS4 and XBone.

deafdani1573d ago

Agree, but maybe the gap isn't quite as big this time around. Only time will tell.

awesomeabe19981573d ago

Of course it is going to be less powerful than PS4 and XB1 but the real questions are: By How Much? Will it affect the Wii U?

In terms of Ram:

Wii U: 2GB of Ram for Gaming.
PS4: Around 4.5 GB of Ram for Gaming.
XB1: Around 4.5 GB of Ram.

Now some you are thinking: Wow more than 2x the RAM of the Wii U on PS4 and XB1!

Yes that is true, yet not all of the RAM is used.

If you know Nano Assault Neo then you would know that it just looks gorgeous on the Wii U, yet it only used 1 core out of 3 cores. Imagine if the developer used 2 cores or even 3 cores! Each core on the Wii U is more powerful than each core on the PS4/XB1.

Q: Will the gap of graphics between the Wii U and PS4/XB1 be as large as the gap between Wii and PS360?

A: Most probably not!

Q: Will it affect the Wii U?

A: With games like Mario Kart 8 and SSB4, X, Bayonneta 2, and Zelda U, HELL NO!!!!

dantesparda1573d ago

man, I thought that Sony and MS fanboys were bad, but you Nintendo fanboys are something else, you's are on some seriously delusional sh!t. And its funny how you take away the ram used by the OS on the PS4/X1 but didnt take away the 1 gig used by the WiiU. The WiiU is running on a cpu that has technology from 1997 and runs at 1.24ghz and has only 3 cores, versus the PS4/X1 running on modern tech by comparison, have 8 cores and faster clock speeds. The gpu in the WiiU is only slightly better than the Xenos in the 360, whereas the gpu's in the next gen systems are many magnitude better than what's in the current gen. The WiiU has 12.8gb/s of bandwidth compared to 176gb/s PS4 and 68gb/s on X1 (and yes MS fanboys I know about the theoretical 204gb/s of the 32mb esram). Not to mention 8 gigs on the next gen systems vs 2 in WiiU. So yeah, there is a difference, and you Nintendo fanboys need to stop being so delusional about it. The WiiU is nothing more than a slightly enhanced current gen system in some regards and inferior to current gen in others

AJBACK2FRAG1573d ago

Bing again! The Wii U is going to be home to many amazing video games and there's only one place your gonna get to play them, Wii U!

awesomeabe19981573d ago

@dantesparda

No the Wii U isnt an enhanced current gen system. Unless if that system can run 1080p at 60FPS. What I said was true and what you said was true. You said the same exact thing but elaborated more. Oh and the Wii U does not use technology from 1997. technology from 1997 was used for the earlier systems like the Nintendo 64.

Did I say the Wii U was as powerful as PS$/XB1?

No.

Did I say there was not a difference?

No.

There is actually a video explaining Wii U's bandwith by a Sony CEO or something. IDK what he is though: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

As I said each core on the Wii U runs faster than each on PS4/XB1!!!

I just said the gap will not be like WII VS PS360!!

On scale of 1-10

Wii: 3
Ps3: 8
XB360: 8

Wii U: 7
XB1: 8
PS4: 9

RFornillos41573d ago

@dantesparda

"The WiiU is running on a cpu that has technology from 1997 and runs at 1.24ghz and has only 3 cores, versus the PS4/X1 running on modern tech by comparison, have 8 cores and faster clock speeds."

if your believe that a 1.24GHz CPU from 1997 is the same as a 1.24GHz CPU that was made recently, then who's to say you're not being delusional.

Mark Cerny himself (the designer of the PS4) proved that the technology inside the Wii U (though he did not mention "Wii U") is as modern as that of the PS4, only Nintendo took a different route as opposed to what they did with PS4. yes, PS4 will have 8 cores, bigger RAM, etc. but the generational gap between Wii U vs. PS4/Xbone is not as big as the gen-gap between Wii vs. PS3/360.

PrimeGrime1573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

Who is agreeing with this. It is a proven fact that the Wii U uses 1GB of RAM for games and 1GB for its OS.

See I own a Wii U but many people have made a great point. Ever since the Wii U has gotten HD graphics you guys have become extremely delusional.

Not only that.

You said the PS4 and Xbox One use 4.5GB or RAM.

There is literally no proof of that, those are complete rumors based off of nothing but speculation.

Nintendo has confirmed the Wii U only used 1GB for games adn 1GB for the system OS. Iwata confirmed this a while back along as many other places.

http://nintendoeverything.c...

http://www.extremetech.com/...

http://www.vg247.com/2012/0...

See that is a huge problem look how many people are agreeing with you when you are completely wrong. Those are actualy confimations from Nintendo saying that the system uses 1GB for the OS and 1GB for games.

The only thing you were right about is that the Wii U has 2GB of RAM total.

Considering no system to date uses no RAM to runs it OS. Why would the Wii U have all its RAM free for games when even the PS4 and Xbox One won't either?

The only difference is that the Wii U's usages have been confirmed several times over now.

A lot of you really do over hype the device way too much and I realize it is always delusional Nintendo fans who really know the least about their own hardware.

Which is expected. No one cared about talking about Nintendo's hardware until it got HD graphics.. Plain and simple, before that everyone just said game play is all that matters.

Now look at you guys.. You aren't any better than delusional Sony and Microsoft fans defending the systems for their life with all the false information they can muster.

I own a Wii U but I am not delusional over the thing. I respect what it can do given what it has and I really don't care about the power differences. As you buy a system to play its games and the Wii U has plenty of enough in terms of power for some great Nintendo titles.

Seriously everyone knows there has been absolutely no confirmation from either Sony or Microsoft about how much system RAM their new systems use.

So there is no way you know when you are even wrong about the system you were even trying to talk about in the first place.

So you can't just make comparisons like that are completely illegitimate. Nothing you said was true about the hardware of any of these system beside part about Nano Assault..

Again I am not trying to be mean.. I support the Wii U obviously but seriously how big of a game is Nano Assault anyway?

Use X as an example at least, using small scale games like to talk about power... Games that can easily push good graphics is just so moot. I am sorry. I own Nano Assault also, its a great game but the scale and size of what it does is nothing special in all seriousness.

I really wouldn't expect it to look like anything else graphically or expect a game like that to need to use more than 3 cores anyway..

N4g_null1572d ago

Dantesparda wow gpgpus where out in 1997? Really wow you must be from the past? Did you get here yesterday? Also why where these gpgpus not in the 360 and ps3?

true the ps4 and xone more so may have an edge but it is going to be smaller.... compression is the art of using less but getting more does the ps4 even use any compression?

kanck is similar to w101 yet why does w101 have hundreds of character s on screen? Im not seeing the same on the ps4, why can I play 5 players in w101? Why is the action faster paced? Why does the wiiu have more enemies on screen? The enemies even team up!

dantesparda1572d ago

@awesome

WiiU a 7 while the X1 a 8 and the PS4 a 9!?
Wow! just wow! that's all i gotta say to that. And thanks for further proving my point. And the Wiiu is not really a "enhanced" current gem system, its a little bit better in some areas while bieng worst in others. Just look at all the comparisons. Splinter Cell may run all a higher res, but with lower texture resolutions and lower framerate and that's just one example, its the case with almost every wiiu game except for like one or two when compared to current gen.

@RFornillos4

While its true that the jaguar cores in the PS4/X1 arent the most powerful cores the cpus in the next gen consoles are certainly more powerful than the wiiu's and yes the cpu tecn in the wiiu is from 1997, deal with it, its a fact, saying that its as mdern as the cpus in the PS4/X1 is whats delusional

@scissor_runner

Dude, seriously go back and reread what i wrote, cuz you are so off its emabarassing and shows your level of comprehension. And your comparisons ridiculous

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JackOfAllBlades1573d ago

Why all these disagrees? The Wii U is a great console? I didn't say it wasn't??

deafdani1573d ago

Some people have serious reading comprehension. Don't worry too much about these disagrees, keep posting your opinion. :)

Also, some people may be merely disagreeing with your statement about the Wii U being in as much disadvantage compared to its competition as the original Wii was.

Remember: a disagree is exactly that, someone not agreeing with something you said. It isn't a downvote. Relax. :)

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chente00251573d ago (Edited 1573d ago )

wii u received a bunch of lazy current gen ports at launch and fanboys said "oh,wii u is weak underpowered and it's doomed".
but ps4 struggles out the gate and fanboys say "oh,will see better result in 2 or 3 years when devs get the hang of it".Really?

http://n4g.com/news/1341344...
Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!

Summons751573d ago

True true. Most of the ps4/xbone launch list are indies or current gen ports but will people says that's a dev copout for those? Nope!

AJBACK2FRAG1573d ago

Gumpei Yokoi, super genius and mentor to staff artist turned super genius Shigeru Miyamoto. He had a theory called lateral thinking with withered technology. He believed utilizing older technology with new, innovative ideas could create radical new gameplay ie; Wii and Wii U. He also believed utiling new and evtremely powerful technology could hinder game development! Kind of ironic 'eh?

RFornillos41573d ago

i agree. there was one indie dev interview i read recently (forgot his name). their opinion regarding why they chose the Wii U over PS4/XBone, is that they believe that when you're given a set of limitations, you tend to be more creative in terms of gameplay.

and this is true for some next-gen games for the PS4/XBone, they focus more on the visual flair, explosions, realism, etc. that the games just tend to be expensive to make, overhyped, with little substance. yet these games tend to be categorized as AAA games, mainly because their dev cost was already comparable to making a movie. but content-wise, mediocre.

development-wise, if you are making a game for a machine with high specs, they also tend to be lazy, and do less optimization, coz the machine can take it.

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